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Success! Man from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Man
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Man's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2021.

Photo of Man post-operation

October 15, 2020

Man underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Man can finally see clearly now and will be able to get around independently with his improved vision.

Man told us, “I feel happy that I can see better and now I can take care of myself easily and travel to places in my village like to the pagoda to join religious ceremonies.”

Man can finally see clearly now and will be able to get around independently with his improved vision. Man told us, "I feel happy that I...

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August 6, 2020

Man is a 70-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has two daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. Now he lives with his daughter and her family. She has started fishing too, and Man enjoys teaching her and his grandchildren about fishing. In his free time he goes to the mosque to pray.

Seven years ago, Man developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Man learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovering, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Man shared, “I hope that after my eye surgery I can go outside by myself and go anywhere I need to go without asking my family to help me. I also hope I can fish again sometimes.”

Man is a 70-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has two daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. Now he lives with his daughter and...

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Man's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Man was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Man received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • August 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Man's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Man's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Man's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Man's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with cataracts experience decreased vision, discomfort, and irritation. Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, causing functional blindness. These changes in the lens commonly occur with increasing age and therefore affect elderly people. Cataracts can also be congenital or traumatic.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The decreased vision from cataracts can cause functional blindness. This makes it difficult for the patient to conduct daily activities. Patients often need a family member to help guide and care for them. If the patient is elderly, this often affects a young child in the family. When a grandmother needs help getting around, a young child is often assigned to help with her daily tasks. That child cannot go to school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In many countries in the developing world, surgical services are inadequate. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness globally. Even where surgical services are available, barriers to surgery remain, including cost, shortage of human resources, poor infrastructure, and limited awareness about access to available services.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed worldwide. Surgeons remove the cloudy lens and place a clear lens implant in its place.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A patient's vision can improve to 20/20 within one day after the surgery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cataract surgery is highly effective and carries a low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Cataract surgery is available in most areas of Cambodia. However, free surgery is not as widely available.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some debilitating effects of cataracts can be improved with glasses. When the cataract becomes mature, however, the only definitive treatment is surgical.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.